Photo: Nick Hall Photography

Seattle within Six Blocks

As a meeting planner, you know attendees love access to great food, drinks and shopping within easy walking distance to the convention venue and hotels.

They’re enticed to come early, stay late and take advantage of what the destination has to offer. Seattle’s central retail, dining and cultural hub is the Pike-Pine Corridor—two streets that stretch from the world-famous Pike Place Market, through downtown, and up to the eclectic Capitol Hill neighborhood, with tons to do all along the way. The best part is that everything is within six short blocks of the Washington State Convention Center (WSCC).

MARKET TO MARKET

Pike Place Market

The bustling epicenter of downtown Seattle spans from Market to Market. At one end, historic Pike Place Market is perched near Puget Sound and not only is a famous farmers market with fresh seafood, produce and crafts, but is home to favorite lunch, dinner and cocktail spots too. Celebrated Matt’s in the Market is a lunch and dinner eatery with choice views of the Public Market sign, iconic clock and the beehive of activity below. Across the hall, bartenders at Radiator Whiskey expertly pour cocktails featuring the namesake brown liquor (among many other options if whiskey isn’t your thing). Italian gem The Pink Door has fresh seafood pasta (order the clams and linguine), selection of aperitifs and a picturesque—and adorable—patio with views of Puget Sound. It’s a great spot for both lunch and dinner.

Melrose Market

The other bookend of Pike-Pine is Melrose Market, a prime example of a repurposed building brought back to life as a curated collection of shops, restaurants, butcher, florist and more. Peruse the shops and then stop for a glass of sparkling and fresh oysters at Taylor Shellfish Farms. A must-do quintessential Northwest farm-to-table dinner awaits at Sitka and Spruce and its next door sister wine spot, Bar Ferd’nand.

Courtesy Melrose Market

Courtesy Melrose Market

Private event space Melrose Market Studios is located just below the market (receptions up to 250 people), and carries the same hip, urban feel of the upstairs market.

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STARBUCKS TO STARBUCKS

Courtesy Starbucks

Courtesy Starbucks

Amazing coffee can be found all over Seattle, but did you know that both Pike Place and Melrose Markets are locations for two famed Starbucks stores? The Pike Place Market is home to the original Starbucks store—still decked out in original signage and livery.

Courtesy Starbucks

Courtesy Starbucks

Next to Melrose Market, the new, gorgeous Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room is a coffee destination experience taken to a whole new level. The massive 16,000 square foot facility has multiple coffee bars, a coffee library and two roasting facilities. Private tours and coffee experiences for groups from 12-100 are available.

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ROOFTOP DINING PIT STOPS

Hard Rock Cafe SeattlePhoto: Downtown Seattle Association

Hard Rock Cafe Seattle Photo: Downtown Seattle Association

There’s a plethora of rooftop dining options in downtown Seattle to stop for a bite and a drink while you explore:

  • Terra Plata (between Melrose Market and the Starbucks Roastery) boasts local farm fresh vegetables, meats and fish in an elegant, urban setting.
  • Motif Hotel’s Frolik! Kitchen + Cocktails restaurant and roof deck is sizable and is a lively scene for happy hour and evenings (private events too).
  • The Hard Rock Cafe boasts a breathtaking view of Puget Sound and Pike Place Market.
  • Thompson Hotels has a new Seattle property featuring a rooftop restaurant and bar, The Nest with famed chef Josh Henderson at the helm.
  • Middle Eastern-meets-Mediterranean on Chef Jason Stratton modern menu, paired with drinks & sweeping views of Lake Union at mbar.

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EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN

Sandwiched between the two markets is Seattle’s ground zero for shopping, featuring local, national and international brands. The impressive Nordstrom flagship store (full remodel complete Spring 2016) sits next to multi-level Pacific Place shopping center where you’ll find national brands like Tiffany and Co. and Club Monaco, as well as local favorites like women’s tailored shirt maker Farinaz Taghavi. Fashion-forward boutiques just down the street include Marios Seattle and German clothier OSKA. Trendy “athleisure” apparel is found at local Do the Extraordinary (DTE) and Canadian Kit & Ace.

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Nick Hawley

 

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